RSS

Monthly Archives: November 2019

BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD

BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD
BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD, PRIEST Р MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 1

Blessed Charles Eugene de Focauld, born in 1858, originated from a wealthy French family. He became a Trappist monk, living an ascetic life surrounded by the Tuareg in the Sahara Desert. His spirituality focused on the love and care of Christ. He was murdered in 1916 by fanatical muslim bandits. One of his famous prayers is the Abandonment Prayer:

“Father, I abandon myself into Your hands.

Do with me what You will; whatever You do, I will thank You.

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures,

and I’ll ask nothing else, my Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my spirit;

I give it to You with all the love of my heart,

for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into Your hands with a trust beyond measure, because You are my Father. Amen.”

 

 

 

Tags: , , , ,

BRIGHT BUILDER OF THE HEAVENLY POLES (ADVENT HYMN)

BRIGHT BUILDER OF THE HEAVENLY POLES (ADVENT HYMN)

Bright Builder of the heavenly poles,

Eternal light of faithful souls,

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,

Our humble prayers vouchsafe to mind:

 

Who, lest the fraud of hell’s mean king

Should all men to destruction bring,

Didst, by an act of generous love,

The fainting world’s physician prove.

 

Thou, that thou mightst our ransom pay

And wash the stains of sin away,

Didst from a Virgin’s womb proceed

And on the Cross a Victim bleed.

 

Thy glorious power, thy saving name

No sooner any voice can frame,

but heaven and earth and hell agree

To honour them with trembling knee.

 

Thee, Christ, who at the latter day

Shalt be our Judge, we humbly pray

Such arms of heavenly grace to send

As may thy Church from foes defend.

 

Be glory given and honour done

To God the Father and the Son

And to the Holy Spirit on high,

From age to age eternally.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ST SATURNINUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST SATURNINUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST SATURNINUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 29

St Saturninus (St Sernin) was the first bishop of Toulouse, during the consulate of Decius and Gratus (250 A. D.) His preaching made numerous converts. In his Acts, which are mentioned by St Gregory, it is described how Saturninus had to pass a Pagan temple to reach his little church.

HIS PRESENCE DISPLEASED THE PAGANS

The Pagan priests blamed St Saturninus’ presence for the continued silence of their oracles. One day they seized him and told him to worship their idols. Upon his refusal, they tied him to the legs of a bull, which dragged him around the town, until the rope snapped. Pious Christian women took his remains and buried them. Eventually they were transferred to St Sernin by his successors, St Hilary and St Exuperius.

PRAYER:

O God, who give us the joy of celebrating the anniversary of the death of blessed Saturninus, your Martyr, grant that we may be helped by his merits. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Tags: ,

BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BLESSED JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 28

Bl. James Thompson, studying for the priesthood at Douai, fell very ill in 1580 and was ordained – he was barely able to stand – by dispensation from Rome. He recovered and was sent back to England to the mission. He was arrested in York for being a priest and hung at Tyburn on 28th November 1582. Whilst hanging, he was seen to distinctly beat his breast and afterwards to make the Sign of the Cross.

Blessed Fr Thompson, pray for us.

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT

ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT

ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 26

Sylvester, born of a noble family at Osimo, in Picenum, was remarkable, even as a boy, for his keen intelligence and upright conduct. Being duly instructed in sacred learning and made a Canon, he benefited his people by his example and his sermons. At the funeral of a relative, who was also a nobleman and a very handsome person, on seeing the disfigured corpse in the open tomb, he said: “What this man was, I am now; what he is now, I shall be.”

WITH THE DESIRE FOR GREATER PERFECTION, HE SPENT HIMSELF IN VIGILS, PRAYER AND FASTING 

He soon retired to a lonely place with the desire for greater perfection, and there spent himself in vigils, prayer and fasting. To hide himself better from men, he kept changing his dwelling place. At length, he arrived at Monte Fano, at that time a solitary place, built a church in honour of St Benedict and laid the foundations of the Congregation of Sylvestrines. There he strengthened the monks with his wonderful holiness. He shone with the spirit of prophecy, and possessed power over the demons and other gifts, which he always tried to hide with deep humility. He fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1267.

PRAYER:

Most merciful God, who, when the holy Abbot Sylvester was devoutly meditating upon the vanity of this world beside an open grave, graciously willed to call him into the desert and enrich him with unusual merits, we humbly pray that, following his example, despising the things of earth, we may thoroughly enjoy your everlasting presence. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ST CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 25

Catherine, a noble virgin of Alexandria, joined an ardent faith to her studies of the liberal arts. When she saw many Christians seized for punishment by order of Maximin, she approached Maximin himself and boldly declared that faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

HE TRIED TO TURN HER AWAY FROM CHRIST

Astonished at her wisdom, the tyrant ordered her to be kept in prison. Then he summoned learned men from everywhere to try to persuade her and to convert her to the worship of idols. But the opposite effect happened.

THE OPPOSITE EFFECT HAPPENED

For many of these men were convinced by the most wise arguments of Catherine, embraced the faith in Christ, and would not have hesitated to die for it. Wherefore Maximin tried, first by flattery, then by torments, to turn her away from her belief; but when he saw that these had no effect, he ordered her to be beheaded.

PRAYER:

O God, who gave the law to Moses on Sinai’s height and through your holy angels miraculously placed there the body of blessed Catherine, your Virgin and Martyr; grant, we beseech you, that by her merits and intercession we may reach that towering eminence which is Christ. Who with you…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

THEE, LORD OF EVERY AGE, WE SING (HYMN)

THEE, LORD OF EVERY AGE, WE SING (HYMN)

Thee, Lord of every age, we sing:

Thee, Christ, we hail the nations’ King;

Confess thy right thy realm to find

Within the hearts of all mankind.

 

The hate-swayed mob cries, pride-enticed,

They will not have thy kingdom, Christ;

But we exultant round thy throne

Thy reign o’er all creation own.

 

O Christ, our Prince, that bringest peace,

Let every rebel impulse cease,

And gather into thy one fold

The wanderers whom thy love doth hold.

 

For this thine arms wide-stretched in plea

Hung bleeding on the atoning Tree;

For this the spear’s revealing dart

Laid bare thy love-emflamed Heart.

 

For this thou dost thy glory hide,

Outpouring from thy pierced side

The riches of thy love divine

Beneath the veils of bread and wine.

 

May realms and they that rule them vie

With solemn rites to raise thee high;

May laws and arts thy servants be,

All life be sanctified in thee.

 

Their kingly gear and royal state

Kings to their King shall consecrate;

Subjects their all before thee lay

In service of thy gentle sway.

 

Jesu, to thee, beneath whose sway

All earth shall bow, all praise we pay;

With Father and with Spirit be

All glory thine eternally.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 24, 2019 in Devotions

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,